Fun Facts and Strange News

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.

– Robin Williams wanted to play the role of Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies . . . but the producers had a rule that they’d only cast British actors, so they told him no.

–  Baked beans are stewed, not baked.

–  The first video to be played twice on MTV was “You Better You Bet” by The Who.  It was the fourth video they played and the 54th.

–  Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and punishable by death . . . but sex changes are VERY accepted.  The government pays for them, so Iran has the second-most sex changes in the world . . . just behind Thailand.

–  Phoenix is the only city to have had all four major pro sports teams play on the same day.  On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost a football game, the Phoenix Coyotes lost a hockey game, and the Phoenix Suns lost a basketball game. But the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees in game seven to win the World Series.  So, I guess that kinda makes up for all those other losses.

(Huffington Post / The Guardian / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Five Thirty Eight)

Strange and trending news:

–  A new survey found a quarter of pet owners have lied to their boss about a sick pet.  Sometimes it’s to get out of work.  And sometimes our pet really IS sick, but we lie because we’re worried our boss won’t think it’s a valid excuse.  (Full Story)

  An Internet company wants to pay someone $1,000 to give up their smartphone and use a flip phone for a WEEK.  That’s right, just one week.  How will you survive!?  Anyway, if you’re interested you can apply on their website.  (Full Story)

  Apparently, there’s a trend this summer called SUNBURN TATTOOS.  Basically, you put a stencil of a design on your skin, then go outside in the sun.  And when you’re sunburned, the pale spot where the stencil stands out.  (Full Story)

–  NASA is opening up the International Space Station for TOURISTS.  You’ll be able to go there starting next year . . . but it’ll cost $35,000-a-night to stay there, and probably millions more for the flights.  (Full Story)

  There’s a debate going viral now over whether a person in the middle seat on a plane DESERVES both of the armrests.  And in a poll on Twitter, the slight majority of people say no, the armrests are up for grabs.  (Full Story)

–  Johnny Rockets just started testing a new milkshake that has an entire piece of CAKE on top.  It’s available now at a handful of locations for $10.  (Full Story)

–  A woman in Florida filmed a Burger King employee mopping the floors last Thursday night after closing time . . . and then using that same mop to mop the TABLES.  She posted the video online and Burger King says they’ll be, quote, “re-training” the staff at that restaurant.  (Full Story)

  Some police officers in Utah got stuck in an elevator last week and called 911 . . . and that elevator was actually in the same building where the 911 dispatchers work.  The dispatchers sent the fire department over to rescue the cops.  (Full Story)

  A guy in Pennsylvania called into the news last week to share why HE believes we’re seeing more tornadoes now than in the past.  Quote, “Traffic circles . . . You wanna know why? When people go round and round in circles, it causes a disturbance in the atmosphere, and causes tornadoes.”  (Full Story)

  A girl in Mexico turned three last week and the theme she wanted for her birthday party was . . . the horror movie “The Nun”.  And now the pictures from the party are going viral.  (Full Story)

A guy in Indiana was busted for driving the WRONG WAY down a highway last week.  He was SOBER . . . and told the cops he did it because, quote, “It was faster.”  He was charged with reckless driving.  (Full Story)

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Posted by Matthew Riddle on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A guy named Michael Atkins used to be a janitor at a school in Denver until he got a job working as a teacher’s aide.  Then he became a teacher . . . rose up through the ranks . . . and just got hired as the PRINCIPAL at a different school on the same side of town.  (Full Story)